Wednesday, June 26, 2019

5 "We Moved" Physical Mailing Ideas Ready For Your Personalization

Is there a move in your future or have you recently moved?

I can say we've had a fair share of moves during our more than 22 year military careers. We didn't always have the luxury of picking a best time as may be the case with moves for job relocations.

The topic of moving always elicits the story of our move after I retired from the Army. We joke about looking like the preview of the "Beverly Hillbillies" CBS sitcom of the 60s and early 70s. It took all day to load up on a hot, miserably humid North Carolina day. We stayed overnight with our best friends before heading across country. We had filled the largest rental van available. The van was pulling a vehicle trailer with our Jeep which was filled with more items that you could see above window level all the way around.

Also on the trailer was a motorcycle set perpendicular behind the Jeep so at the very back was a green wooden outdoor loveseat rocking chair. I followed in our truck also filled to the brim with more "stuff" and our chocolate Lab. At one point along the route, the rocking chair, although well secured, started to rock like someone was on it. Was there?

There were times that the rental truck would only go 25 miles per hour up hills along the route. As my husband ignited the hazard lights so too did I to warn vehicles coming from behind. It was a LONG trip with quick gas and bathroom breaks and one short four hour stop in a rest area. We can now laugh as we relive it while reminiscing to others.

Whether it's a good time or an inopportune time most of us want to let others know the details of our new location such as the address and telephone numbers if there is a change to those.

Sure, you can use technology to let folks know your status updates but you don't have to go that route. You can send the notifications via the snail mail method. I have postcards featuring my photography and cards designed with a mix of art and photos that may suit your needs.

In my new store PaPr Emporium I focus on designing for paper products. I've enjoyed coming up with some unique designs for change of address postcards like the ones below. The cards are available in a matte or gloss finish. Some designs include matching return address labels too.

This first new address postcard features a rustic design of a building corner, stove, and red and blue Adirondack chairs. When you visit the link you'll see how easy it is to personalize the front and back, possibly add a personal written note and slap on postage to mail them out.
New Address Announcement Adirondack Chairs Porch Postcard
New Address Announcement Adirondack Chairs Porch Postcard

Some folks hold off on a move until the kids are out of school. It's a busy moving time but a lot less interruptive with school schedules and this fun floral design might work well for you. This colorful floral and purple door return address label which has a matching postcard design  might work well for the summer moves. Imagine how fun the return address label and postcard combination will look together when they reach recipients. You can also order the labels alone when you aren't moving because you can change or remove the template "We Moved" message. These return address labels come 30 per sheet. 
We Moved Announcement Purple Flowers Double Doors Label
We Moved Announcement Purple Flowers Double Doors Label

Here's another fun idea. I digitally altered my photograph of a cute vintage trailer for this postcard design. It's a humorous way to keep your postcard recipients guessing unless you made a tiny house move. Head to the link for this postcard to see what the postcard design back offers for you.

New Address Announcement Vintage Camping Trailer Postcard
New Address Announcement Vintage Camping Trailer Postcard

Like I previously mentioned, we moved enough times in the military so I had the cards ready to be mailed prior to our move. With all the unpacking and other details of a move, I was ready to drop the change of address cards into the mail and it was done. You can do that too with a colorful summery photography and digital art mix design like this one. 
Green Door Clouds Flowers We Moved Announcement Postcard
Green Door Clouds Flowers We Moved Announcement Postcard

September through April are the least busy months for moving. I would guess in areas where the weather isn't detrimental this is a good time to pack up and head out. The less harsh weather in the southwest might be conducive to those type moves. This colorful design is another mix of a door photograph and digital art extras. The southwestern style design with cactus and stucco walls is available in six door colors which you'll find in the Colorful New Address ~ We Moved Collection
Southwestern We Moved Announcement Doors Cactus Postcard
Southwestern We Moved Announcement Doors Cactus Postcard

Do you have a moving story that you tell to others?

I would love to hear your thoughts on using a postcard to make a moving / change of address announcement and on the designs you see here and at the change of address page link in the PaPr Emporium. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A Creative Consideration to Customizing Zazzle Designed Business Cards

We want our business cards can make a good first impression. Trying a more creative idea, design, or  style may help with that impression. You can find business cards on Zazzle in a variety of shapes, sizes, corner styles, and paper types.

I'm always happy to catch the creativity in customizations that customers make to my designs. Keep in mind, Zazzle designers cannot see a customer's personal information but design changes such as paper type, shapes, and sizes are sometimes visible after a purchase.

My most recent example came from a customer in Australia who purchased business cards. A wise man for several reasons. He ordered these business cards during during one of Zazzle's many great discounts and checked how it looked on brown kraft paper style.

If you pop into Zazzle daily or are on the email list, you'll catch the nearly daily sales. It's pretty much a given that there is a general discount or one for specific products on a daily basis. Just like life, some days Zazzle coupon codes are much better than others.

I generally post my business card template designs on the square corner standard matte or standard semi-gloss papers to allow you to select a more expensive choice in your final decision.

In this post, I'm sharing how three business card designs look good on a paper described as Premium Kraft. The Zazzle business card paper thicknesses average from 16 point to 32 pt. This premium kraft paper style is 16 pt. It's a premium linen that features a soft textured crosshatch finish similar to fabric.

The Zazzle business cards come 100 per pack and there is no additional cost for double sided printing. Click the links below to see what these designs look on the original standard matte or semi-gloss I mentioned earlier or to see how some of the other paper options might work. Check out the look of the rounded corner option too.  You can find more than 190 template business card designs in TheAspenStand and another 20 plus in my newest store PaPr Emporium

I would love to read your thoughts on the designs, Premium Kraft paper, or Zazzle business cards in general. Let me know if you have any questions. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

3 Nostalgic Gift Ideas for Historic Route 66 Fans

Living in Arizona has afforded us the opportunity to take day trips to many interesting locations. Of course, these include locations along the Arizona segments of historic Route 66.

You can read a bit more about the route in my previous post Living Near Historic Route 66 Is One Story Worth Sharing. That post features a fun segment to drive slowly and grab some shots of history.

Not everyone who loves the history of Route 66 can make the trek across country so this post offers some gift ideas that will make the Americana loving route historian in your life smile. I have a store category that features Arizona specials including products designed from photos of stops along Arizona's segments of Route 66.

No matter what stop you make along the route you are guaranteed to find local designs on a gift products including tee shirts. In this post you'll see my personal connection and take on some of these stops in my designs. These t-shirts are available in a variety of styles and colors for men, women, and children.

Oatman, Arizona

I have to say that a favorite stop and destination for many people along the route is Oatman, Arizona. Close to the Nevada border, Oatman offers the unique experience of walking the street with wild burro descendants left from the area's mining days. My tee design incorporates two photos. One photo is the view looking west downhill on the route and the other is the burros on the street. Text elements from the back are added to the pocket area on the front. Head to the link to check it out and view it on other style and color tees.

Route 66 Oatman Arizona Burros On The Street T-Shirt

Winslow, Arizona

The next gift idea is a tee from the famous city of Winslow, Arizona. It is famous for the mention in the song "Take It Easy" by the Eagles. The corner is actually a facade wall but with interesting painted details from the song. My original full color Winslow photograph is changed to black and white with a red color elements left on the design. I came up with this red color design idea when I was given a challenge in a photo group. I loved the results so decided to share on a variety of products including this tee.  Click the link to find a tee style and color you like.

Vintage Route 66 Destination Winslow Arizona Photo T-Shirt

Twin Arrows, Arizona

If you blink, you might miss this sight which is visible right along the south side of Interstate 40 east of Flagstaff.  There are remnants of a gas station at this point but those my deteriorate into the land in near time. I added two elements from the Arizona historic route signs to the sky of my Twin Arrows photo to give it more meaning.  The pocket area on the shirt front also has these sign elements added. Check it out at the link.

Historic Route 66 ~ Twin Arrows, Arizona T-Shirt

Historic Route 66 ~ Twin Arrows, Arizona T-Shirt

These designs are only found in my Zazzle store TheAspenStand so if you find it anywhere else it's a copyright violation. As Zazzle designers, we like to make people aware of this issue since so many designs are stolen off the internet, sold in poor quality and cheaper price by copyright violaters.

Do you have any great memories of travels along Route 66?

Leave a comment and share your thoughts on the post or Route 66 memories. Let me know if you have any questions.